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The Truth! Is KDP a Great Side-Hustle to Make $1000's P/Month Selling Low-Content Books?

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

How often are you seeing YouTube videos with titles like "Make $1,000's per month with this EASY Side Hustle!". The thumbnail will include someone holding a Low-Content Book and a pile of $100 notes in the other hand.
Publishing Books on Amazon KDP is a hard slog! It took me months before I earned my first book sale and even today, I'm monitoring my Amazon Ads, creating new books and working hard to figure out my next plan of attack to grow my book sales.
In my most recent YouTube Video, I talk honestly and openly about what I have experienced and what challenges you're likely to face on your KDP Publishing Journey. You can check it out HERE or by clicking on the thumbnail below.

KDP Side Hustle

KDP - Side Hustle Facts!

If you're thinking of publishing low content books on Amazon KDP or you have already started, there are some important things you need to know. While KDP is a great platform for publishing and selling books, it's not a quick and easy way to make money. Here's what you need to know to give yourself every opportunity to succeed at KDP.

1. Publishing Books on KDP Takes Time, Resources, and Consistent Effort

Publishing a book on KDP isn't just a matter of uploading a file and waiting for the sales to roll in. You need to spend time and resources creating a high-quality book that will appeal to your target audience. This includes researching your niche, designing your book cover, writing your book description, formatting your book, and creating your internal content.

2. Revenue Doesn't Flow Immediately. It Can Take Months Before You Start to Earn Money on KDP

Many people expect to see revenue flowing in immediately after publishing their book on KDP. Unfortunately, some YouTubers have a lot to answer for by creating a FRENZY of making it look Fast and Easy. However, it can take months before you start to see any significant income. WHY? because it takes time for your book to gain traction and for Amazon's algorithms to start recommending it to readers. You need a Stand-Out book cover, early and positive reviews, a great manuscript and an enticing book description. And don't forget, a price that will be competitive but not too cheap (or too expensive) that could turn customers off.

3. Many People Fail on the Simple Step of Marketing and Advertising Their Books. If People Don't Know About It, How Will They Ever Find It?

One of the biggest mistakes people make on KDP is failing to market and advertise their books. You can have the best book in the world, but if nobody knows about it, it won't sell. It's important to create a marketing plan that includes Amazon Advertising, social media, email marketing, and other promotional activities to get the word out about your book.

I have both of these areas covered (Amazon Ads and Email marketing) on Udemy so you can always upskill your knowledge there.

4. There are Many Elements to Get Right, Including the Book Cover, Description, Formatting, Internal Contents, and Launching Your Book Successfully

To be successful on KDP, you need to get many elements right. Your book cover needs to be eye-catching and professional. Your book description needs to be persuasive and informative. Your formatting needs to be flawless. Your internal contents need to be engaging and relevant to your target audience. And you need to launch your book successfully with a strong marketing campaign.

5. It Takes Patience and a Long-Term Approach

Finally, it's important to remember that success on KDP takes patience and a long-term approach. You may not see significant sales right away, but if you keep putting in consistent effort, your sales will eventually start to grow. It's important to keep learning and improving your skills, and to keep creating new books to keep your audience engaged.

While publishing low content books on KDP can be a great way to earn passive income, it's not a quick or easy way to make money. It takes time, resources, consistent effort, and a long-term approach to succeed on KDP. But if you're willing to put in the work, the rewards can be substantial over the long term, not the short term.

All the best with your KDP Self-Publishing

Romney Nelson is an international Best-Selling Author and Best-Selling Course Instructor on Udemy.

He is the Founder of Global Self-Publishing, where he is committed to empowering individuals with the tools and resources to Self-Publish.

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